WordPress WPO Tweaks


By default, WordPress load several functions, services and scripts that aren’t mandatory and usually slow down your installation and waste hosting resources. From years I’ve been trying out some tweaks to save hosting resources and improve WordPress Performance and Load Time. After thousands of tests this plugin include my best speed and performance optimizations with just one click.

With this plugin you can safely deactivate that annoying services, unnecessary codes and scripts in order to save hosting resources and costs, and to speed up WordPress for better results in tools like Google PageSpeed, Pingdom Tools, GTMetrix, WebPageTest and others.

The improvements (tweaks) that the plugin automatically applies securely are the following:

  • Remove Dashicons in admin bar (only for non logged users)
  • Remove Emoji’s styles and scripts
  • Disable REST API (full disabled)
  • Control Heartbeat API interval
  • Remove Query Strings from Static Resources
  • Defer Parsing of JavaScript
  • Remove Gravatar Query Strings
  • Remove Really Simple Discovery link from header
  • Remove wlwmanifest.xml (Windows Live Writer) from header
  • Remove Shortlink URL from header
  • Remove WordPress Generator Version from header
  • Remove s.w.org DNS Prefetch
  • Remove jquery_migrate
  • Remove unnecessary links from header
  • Remove generator name from RSS Feeds
  • Remove Capital P Dangit filter
  • Disable PDF thumbnails preview

No options. Just activate the plugin and test your site’s speed in your favourite tool (GTMetrix, Pingdom Tools, etc.)

Plugin Requirements

  • This plugin requires WordPress 4.7 or greater
  • This plugin requires PHP 5.6 or greater


  • Pingdom Tools results before plugin activation.
  • Pingdom Tools results after plugin activation.


  1. Go to your WP Dashboard > Plugins and search for ‘wpo tweaks’ or…
  2. Download the plugin from WP repository.
  3. Upload the ‘wpo-tweaks’ folder to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory
  4. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress


Installation Instructions
  1. Go to your WP Dashboard > Plugins and search for ‘wpo tweaks’ or…
  2. Download the plugin from WP repository.
  3. Upload the ‘wpo-tweaks’ folder to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory
  4. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
What does WPO mean?

WPO is short for Web Performance Optimization. It measures a bunch of several improvements in the optimization and improvement of the performance and times of load of web pages

Where can I test my site Performance?
What is the best way to test my site performance?

Use one of the tools above and make al least two tests to measure your site performance. That’s because the cache systems don’t load the first time your site is tested with this tools. Always test your site with the same tool and measure your site performance over time, not just only one time.

And always remember that no tool can replace human perception. If you see that your web loads faster than ever no tool is going to tell you what you and your visitors feel in real life.

Don’t go crazy with tools, they’re machines and, i.e. Google PageSpeed can show you a 100/100 measure when your site is broken, and that’s far away from an optimised web, isn’t it?

Something went wrong after activation

This plugin is compatible with all WordPress JavaScript functions (wp_localize_script(), js in header, in footer…) and works with all well coded plugins and themes. If a plugin or a theme is not properly enqueuing scripts, your site may not work. If your host doesn’t support any of the tweaks, usually due to security restrictions, is possible that something fails. If anything fails please access to your /wp-content/plugins/wpo-tweaks/ directory via your favourite FTP client or hosting panel (cPanel, Plesk, etc.) and rename the plugin folder to deactivate it.

What’s next?

I’ll be including for next updates every new performance tweak I test for better results in order to speed out WordPress.

Do you plan to include a settings panel?

No. WordPress WPO Tweaks plugin is intended for users that want to safely obtain optimizations and speed with one click. If you are a developer and know what you’re doing, then please check my friend Nilo Velez’s Machete plugin, a complete suite to decide how to solve common WordPress issues and annoyances. And yes, it has a huge settings page!



Simplemente es instalarlo y activarlo. Lo estoy empezando a poner en todas mis páginas 🙂


Excelente, pero al actualizar a 0.9.4 no carga bien los CSS, he tenido que volver a la anterior (borrando caché, reiniciando todo, navegador incógnito, sin caché, etc).
Buen trabajo. Saludos


Muy fácil de usar. Se instala, se activa y listo! Sin la necesidad de configuraciones extras! Si funciona!

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Contributors & Developers

“WordPress WPO Tweaks” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Exception added Dashicons removal in order to show them in the Customizer (Thanks to Juan Ramón Navas for reporting!)


  • Changed method for Hearbeat API because some users need it for autosaves, co-edits and more. From now it isn’t disabled but controlled the interval to trigger after 60 seconds instead of default 15 seconds.
  • Credits added to admin footer.
  • Plugin tested up to WordPress 4.9 RC.


  • Added link to WebPageTest in readme.txt to measure results.
  • Changed to the script_loader_tag filter method to Defer Parsing of JavaScript in order to solve AMP issues with Google’s CDN and parsing of scripts in several themes.


  • Changed method to Defeat Parsing of JavaScript to solve AMP issues with Google’s CDN (thanks to Juan María Arenas for reporting!)
  • Changed Donate URL


  • Changed WP min version from 4.0 to 4.1
  • Added filter to remove capital_p_dangit filter
  • Added functions to disable PDF thumbnails preview (included in WP 4.7)
  • Added action to remove link to homepage from header (thanks @carloslongarela)
  • Added action to remove extra links to rss feeds from header (thanks @carloslongarela)
  • Added action to remove prev-next links from header (thanks @carloslongarela)
  • Added action to remove prev-next links from header (thanks @carloslongarela)
  • Added action to remove random post link from header (thanks @carloslongarela)
  • Added action to remove parent post link from header (thanks @carloslongarela)
  • Added filter to remove generator name from rss feeds in header (thanks @carloslongarela)
  • Better coding standards and ordering of functions (thanks @carloslongarela)
  • Changes in readme.txt


  • Added action to remove really simple discovery link from header
  • Added action to remove wlwmanifest.xml from header
  • Added action to remove shortlink url from header
  • Added action to remove WordPress generator version from header
  • Added action to remove s.w.org DNS prefetch
  • Added function to remove jquery_migrate


  • Fixed Text Domain for translation ready


  • Initial release